What to do if it rains on your wedding day

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8 tips for making rain on your wedding day not so gloomy

Let’s face it, no matter how much you try not to think about it…rain on your wedding day is unfortunately always possible. Well maybe it doesn’t have to be as unfortunate as you think! Here at Landmark Hospitality, we have seen our fair share of rainy day weddings and have complied a list of things to do in case Mother Nature doesn’t quite agree with your plans.


1. Buy Some AWESOME umbrellas! If you are going to have to have a wedding in the rain you might as well make the best of it. Buy matching umbrellas for you wedding party and one of yourself. The contrast between the cloudy skies and your umbrellas will make for some fantastic photos.

Photo by Wayne & Angela / wayneandangela.com


 2. Rain boots: Don’t let the weather be the reason why you get cold feet on your wedding day. Instead of walking through puddles in your new heels invest in some colorful rain boots. You wont see them under your dress anyway, unless you want to show them off like this stunning couple!

3. Ask your hair and makeup stylist to stay until after you are done taking your photos. If you want to make the best of a rainy wedding day you have to be willing to get a little wet. When all your shots are complete the stylists can do a touch so you feel refreshed and ready to dance the night away. Having hairdryers and washcloths in the bathrooms is a cute gesture to help out your guests who weren’t quite as prepared as you were.

4.Want to add a little extra sparkle to your day? Ask you photographer if they can back light the raindrops like this couple did.This makes for unbelievable photos!

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Photo by Ryan Brenizer / ryanbrenizer.com

5. HAVE A BACK UP PLAN. Most people don’t dream of a wedding day with stormy skies but it is essential to have an alternative plan just in case this happens. It is always important to remember that it is YOUR wedding day and not even a hurricane can stop you from having the best day of your life. On August 26th 2011 Jamie and Brian planned to wed on the beaches of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Little did they know but Mother Nature had a whole different plan for that day. Just two hours before the start of their wedding an evacuation was called for the area due to the approach of Hurricane Irene. Jamie and Brian’s family and friends were quick on their feet to relocate the wedding. For the full story click here to watch the video created by Lucky Productions Video.

Photo taken by S.R. Wedding Story/srweddingstory.com at The Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, NJ.


6. Be flexible with your scheduled – If have room to push back the ceremony and wait for clearer skies, why not? More often times than not the rain will give up for a short period of time. If this so happens to be during your reception take this opportunity to get some amazing night time shots.


7. SMILE! Brush away those tears, when you look back on this day you’ll think of how silly you were to mess up your mascara over some rain. Make light of the situation, this is your wedding day that you have been thinking about your whole life. Consider changing your signature drink to a Dark & Stormy or dancing along to song “Singing in the Rain”!


8. Most importantly, remember “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. How about that for a impromptu wedding theme!